Monday, December 08, 2008

New York Magazine Best Thriller 2008

... was won by Child 44 by Rob Tom Smith.

Runners up: A Vengeful Longing by RN Morris and The Likeness by Tana French.

Full story here

Here's what they said about AVL:
Morris resurrects one of literature’s all-time greatest characters: Porfiry Petrovich, the detective from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The result reads like an episode of Columbo, but with feverish Russian psychology and the filthy overflowing canals of 1868 St. Petersburg.


David Isaak said...

It doesn't read at all like an episode of Columbo, and the reviewer only threw that in to show awareness of the fact that Columbo was derived from Porifry. Reviewers are always saying things they don't mean just to show off their supposed insider knowledge.

Nonetheless, a nice plug for the book...

Roger Morris said...

Hi David. Yes, I agree, I think! The thing is I was always hyper-aware of the Porfiry-Columbo thing that I was convinced it influenced the way I reinvented Porfiry. So I suppose I was waiting for the day when someone would pick up on that!